And so I’ll show you a fewmore al examples and then we’ll have time to talk. But one of the things thatI find very helpful with patients, after I’ve shownhow hypnotizable they are, I’ll say what this shows youis that most of the way we use the brainbodyconnection is the wrong way. So, you get anxious,your body tenses up, you start to sweat, you noticethat you feel more anxious,
and then your body says nowhe’s really getting anxious. And it’s like asnowball rolling downhill, you just build up anxiety ina kind of mindbody bouncing back and forth way. With hypnosis, you show thatyou can change the way your left hand feels, it feltdifferent from the right, you can do it in apositive or neutral, not necessarilya negative way.
And this is a way of teachingyou to control and utilize the mindbody relationship. So, instead ofgetting all tense, you can focus onsomething that may bother you, but get your body floating,imagine you’re floating in bath, a lake, a hot tub, orjust floating in space or you can just be somewhere else. You know, if you’re goingthrough something unpleasant,
your body is here, you gosomewhere you’d rather be, or you can changeyour perception, make that part ofyour body feel warmer, or cooler, ortingling, or numb, or just focus on sensations inanother part of your body and those techniques really work. And I’ll show you a fewexamples of mindbody control before we stop for questions.
One of the biggest problems inpsychosomatic medicine is that we assume that if, thatit’s all and it’s a terrible thing to tell peopleit’s all in your head. Because all that means is thatthey’re humiliated if they get better. I never tell patients that. Say it’s a matter of how youmanage the interaction between your mind and your body. This is a man who was sentto me just to help him get
through the implantation ofelectrodes to control his intractableParkinson’s disease. He was a youngman with, we think, chemically inducedParkinson’s toxic exposure, and he stopped hisneurosurgical procedure after two hours, he saidI can’t stand it, I can’t lay here anymore. You can’t usegeneral anesthesia,
Theory of Mind to understand how mind works
What is the mind? So what do you think the mind is.Most people confuse the mind with brain. Though these are related and depend on one anotherbut they are different. The easiest way to understand what mind isand its relation to brain is with the help of a computer analogy.Brain is like the hardware and mind is like the software that helps us make use of thehardware. Many clairvoyants describe mind as a ballof energy all around our body. This mind can primarily be divided in two parts:First is the conscious mind which is around
1012% of our mind.Its functions include: Thinking, feeling, creating finding logic,analyzing, making decisions and controlling voluntary body actionsThe balance 8890% is what we call as the subconscious mind which is the store houseof all our experiences and controls all involuntary actions.What are involuntary actions: All those processes that take place in our system automaticallywithout our complete conscious involvementï¿½. For example, breathing. While you are watchingthis tutorial are you controlling your breath consciously?Now that I have brought your awareness to
the breath you may control it consciouslyfor sometime, but later it would go back to its normal pattern which is being controlledby the subconscious. Similarly your heartbeat, the digestive systemall of these are involuntary body activities being controlled by the subconscious.Along with the body organs subconscious also controls other involuntary activities likeour habits and other activities that have become so natural to us that we are able todo them effectively without even needing to put our conscious mind to it.Take the example of brushing our teeth, we donï¿½t consciously have to think how to brush,our hand just knows it.
Another example is driving. For those whodrive regularly, at most times we are not even aware of how many times we stopped fora signal, what music was playing in the car. In fact many a times we drive from one destinationto another almost on an autopilot. This autopilot is none other but the subconscious.Than, if you know of someone around you who is struggling with the idea of getting upin the morning to exercise, you may hear them complaining at times ï¿½that when the alarmrings in the morning, its like there is somebody inside them that has a mind of its own whichputs the alarm on snooze or switches it all by itselfï¿½ At times they donï¿½t even realizethis and at other times it is like an internal
struggle that generally this somebody insideends up winning. This somebody inside is again nothing else but the subconscious.The subconscious controls these involuntary actions based on:1. The premises that the action is important for your survival or2. The fact that you had been doing the same thing consciously over a period of time andthus because of repeated experiences the subconscious learns that this is the right thing to do.These behaviors not only include our actions but also our thoughts and emotions at mosttimes. The interesting thing about subconscious isthat it does not distinguish between what
is true and what is not. In fact whatevercomes into it is accepted as true and the subconscious acts upon it.It is for this reason that it is important to check what information comes into the subconscious. When we are small the quantity of informationthat we are exposed to is limited and the nature of information is simple. The consciousmind alone is able to act as a gatekeeper for the subconscious.But as we start growing the quantity of information increases and the nature of information becomesmore complex. Since most of this information becomes repetitiveover a period of time, in order to reduce